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Medical superglue vein treatment (also known as Venaseal™, VeinOff or VenaBlock) is the most recent innovation in the treatment of varicose veins. Varicose veins is a widespread problem affecting millions of people around the world. It occurs when the the small valves inside the vein stop functioning properly, which means they let the blood fall the wrong way down the leg causing the damage.
Like other vein treatments such as sclerotherapy and Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA), the goal of glue procedure is to shut down and seal off the defective vein so that your blood is stopped from flowing backwards into your leg.
Although the superglue vein treatment is relatively new, it is proved to be safe and effective for most people, and has many advantages such as:
• no tumescent anesthetic required
• no risk of skin burns as with the laser treatment
• can immediately resume your daily activities
• no bandage or compression stockings required
• no serious adverse reaction
While most people are suitable for this procedure, there could be certain medical conditions that are not recommended for this type of treatment. You should always consult with a doctor before scheduling this treatment.
Who is it suitable for
✔ Patients diagnosed with varicose veins
✔ People suffering from pain, cramps, swelling legs
✔ Patients with visible lumps on their legs as a result of varicose veins
✔ Patients will need to do duplex ultrasound before proceeding with this treatment
✔ This procedure normally takes 30 minutes to couple of hours
✔ It is performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning that patients can go home same day
✔ The complexity and duration of this procedure vary from patient to patient, depending on their individual situation
✔ Most patients experience no pain, and can resume daily activities straight after the procedure
✔ Compression stockings usually are not required but some patients may benefit from wearing them after the treatment
Before The Treatment
Before the treatment, you will need to meet with a doctor to discuss your treatment objectives and to perform an examination:
• Goals and expectations - Be ready to discuss your treatment goals and expectations. Your doctor should explain you different types of procedures, potential risks, recovery and expected outcomes.
• Medical history - You should provide a complete medical history including your past and current health conditions, and medications that you might be taking. Your doctor is likely to ask you about any previous arterial and venous system problems, and related treatments.
• Examination, diagnostics - Your doctor will perform physical examination and a duplex ultrasound to diagnose the problem. Additional diagnostics might be required such as MRI or computerized tomography (CT).
What does it involve?
Generally the following is involved:
• This procedure is normally performed without anaesthetic and is guided by ultrasound scanning.
• Your doctor will make access to the veins by inserting a tiny catheter, which will be delivering medical glue to the vein.
• Medical glue is applied to close diseased area of the vein.
• Once the diseased vein is closed, blood will be re-routed to circulate through healthy veins.
• A bandage may be applied to reduce swelling and bruising.
The superglue procedure usually takes 30 minutes but may take longer.
After the treatment
The superglue treatment is performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning that patients can go home same day. Most patients experience no pain, and can resume daily activities straight after the procedure but it is advised to avoid standing for a long time. Compression stockings usually are not required but some patients may benefit from wearing them after the treatment
It is not advised to take long haul flights that are more than 4 hours for four weeks after this procedure to avoid risks of vein thrombosis. In about two weeks after the treatment you will need to do an ultrasound check and see a doctor to assess the outcome of the procedure.
The superglue treatment is considered to be safe and effective solution to treat veins. However, this treatment is relatively new and there needs to be more research done about possible rare and uncommon complications. As with most vein treatments there can be some complications:
• local redness is possible
• DVT (deep vein thrombosis)
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